Bye Bye Blues (film)

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Bye Bye Blues
Bye Bye Blues VideoCover.jpeg
Directed byAnne Wheeler
Produced byArvi Liimatainen
Anne Wheeler
Written byAnne Wheeler
StarringRebecca Jenkins
Michael Ontkean
Music byGeorge Blondheim
CinematographyVic Sarin
Edited byChristopher Tate
Distributed byArtificial Eye (UK)
Circle Films (USA)
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
117 minutes

Bye Bye Blues is a 1989 Canadian film. It was written and directed by Anne Wheeler and produced by Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation with the assistance of Allarcom Limited.[1][2][3][4]


During World War II, Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) returns home to her small Alberta town after she and her soldier husband, Teddy (Michael Ontkean), are split by the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. While waiting for the war to end and to learn if Teddy is alive or dead, she joins a swing band as a singer to provide for her family, performing with them in many community halls. Daisy and her children initially live with her husband's parents, but later rent a house for themselves, as Daisy chafes under her in-laws' scrutiny. Daisy struggles to balance societal expectations of fealty and commitment to her children, while also struggling to financially support herself and her children by traveling and performing with the band. A trombonist in the band has a secret past and a not so secret yearning. Daisy struggles with an impossible choice as she hears that Teddy is returning home.

Her husband's sister, a somewhat similar free spirit, befriends an Australian airman in Alberta to train in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan.


The cast also includes Luke Reilly, Leslie Yeo, Kate Reid, Wayne Robson, Robyn Stevan, and Stuart Margolin.


The film was nominated for twelve Genie Awards at the 11th Genie Awards in 1990, and won three: Best Actress (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Stevan), and Best Original Song ("When I Sing" by Bill Henderson).


  1. Main Title
  2. Jazz Spring
  3. Theme For Teddy
  4. Marry Me Daisy
  5. When I Sing
  6. India
  7. Sweet Georgia Brown
  8. Max's Theme (I Love You Daisy)
  9. Am I Blue
  10. Bath Blues
  11. Unfinished Blues
  12. Who's Sorry Now
  13. Home Movie/It's A Plane
  14. You Made Me Love You
  15. Blues For Anne
  16. Bye Bye Blues


Springwater School in Starland County, Alberta, Canada was used as a set.

Copyright status[edit]

For several years Bye Bye Blues could not be exhibited on television or theatrically (and could not be issued on DVD or made available digitally) because nobody could determine who held the copyright.[5] On August 21, 2013, however, the Copyright Board of Canada issued a licence to Rebecca Jenkins, allowing the film to be distributed in Canada by television, Internet, and other means.[6] The licence was issued under section 77 of the Copyright Act, which allows the Copyright Board to issue a licence in respect of orphan works where "the Board is satisfied that the applicant has made reasonable efforts to locate the owner of the copyright and that the owner cannot be located".[7] Pursuant to the licence, the film is available online in Canada through the iTunes Store,[8] and two theatrical screenings were held in October 2014 at the Vancouver International Film Festival.[9]


  1. ^ "Bye Bye Blues (1989)". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Bye Bye Blues". Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Bye Bye Blues Movie Segment". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Bye Bye Blues Commentary". Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Bye Bye Blues Special Screening & Panel Discussion". 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  6. ^ "Non-exclusive licence issued to Rebecca Jenkins, Vancouver, British Columbia, authorizing the reproduction and communication to the public by telecommunication of a film (File no. 2012-UO/TI-16)" (PDF). Copyright Board of Canada. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  7. ^ "Copyright Act". Retrieved 2014-10-11.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Latest News & Happenings". Rebecca Jenkins. September 2014. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  9. ^ Ian Bailey (2014-10-08). "Rare screening of Anne Wheeler's debut film, plus a must-see Sontag doc". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-11.

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